Twitter’s conversational problem is that it’s not suited to have one

Recode's article titled "How hard is it to have a conversation on Twitter? So hard even the CEO can’t do it." highlights a perennial challenge on Twitter: having a coherent conversation about pretty much anything - There simply wasn’t enough room to have the kind of nuanced conversation the subject requires. It was symbolic of…

My blog is 14 years old, today, and it’s a big day for blogging

Today is a Big DayTM For Blogging, but probably only for me. Today is this blog's 14th birthday! On 6 December 2004, I wrote my first post on this WordPress blog: https://pauljacobson.me/2004/12/06/in-the-beginning/ Where this chapter all began ... It was originally at a different domain, and has evolved over the last 14 years. I probably…

On Manton Reece’s thoughts about WordPress, and the new Editor (formerly known as Gutenberg)

I just read Manton Reece's thoughts about the new WordPress Editor (formerly known as Gutenberg), and I don't really agree: As I test Gutenberg, I keep coming back to one question: is it good for blogging? The goal with Micro.blog is to make blogging easier so that more people will have their own site instead…

You can now read important Jewish texts like the Talmud online

Liked Putting the Talmud online by Jason Kottke (kottke.org)
Sefaria is a free online resource for Jewish texts, specifically the Talmud, which (amazingly) wasn't previously easily availabl
This story appeals to me on so many levels. Perhaps the biggest reason why it excites me is that I'm very much in favour of important works like the Talmud being made freely available online, if anything, as an important cultural and historical resource. After a prolonged negotiation process, and a substantial gift from the…

Post Kinds, in depth

Read Post Kinds Plugin for WordPress by Chris AldrichChris Aldrich (BoffoSocko)
A WordPress plugin that allows you to easily create a huge variety of social media post types to own your social media life online.
If you're looking for a detailed guide to Post Kinds, then read Chris Aldrich's "Post Kinds Plugin for WordPress". I've been meaning to read this article properly for a little while now to help me better understand how to use Post Kinds more effectively on my site.

Rethinking Mastodon

Read Im Seriously Rethinking (micro.inessential.com)
I’m seriously rethinking being on Mastodon over this. Life’s too short to be affiliated with this kind of mob rule. wilwheaton.net/2018/08/t…
I've been pretty interested in Mastodon as a Twitter alternative, at least until I noticed Brent Simmons' post. He linked to Wil Wheaton's post titled "The world is a terrible place right now, and that’s largely because it is what we make it" in which Wheaton described a particularly unpleasant, and unexpected experience on Mastodon:…

Geeking out with IndieWeb and Micro.blog

Nathan mentioned me in a conversation recently that prompted me to revisit Micro.blog. I backed Micro.blog on Kickstarter initially, created my account when it launched, and then didn't really return to it after initially testing it out. I took another look today, and noticed that my blog posts have been shared to my Micro.blog feed…

Online publishing will not die if Medium fails

Medium has pivoted again and its success could hold the key for a more sustainable online publishing industry. Even if it fails, it won't mean the death of publishing.
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